Recent Calls
Wed. Jan 7th 2015
At 0528, Schuyler Fire was dispatched to a possible structure fire on Mowers Rd in the Town of Schuyler. Initial reports indicated smoke was filling the residence. Unit 2, upon arrival, upgraded the...
Sat. Nov 22nd 2014
At 1107, two engine crews from Schuyler Fire were requested by Frankfort Center FD to the scene of a working structure fire at the CharlesTown Mall Complex in Frankfort. Initial reports stated there ...
Fri. Sep 19th 2014
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Just before 0500 am Schuyler Fire Department was toned out for an outdoor fire. Initial reports from dispatch stated that that the fire was confined to an outdoor boiler. Secondary reports stated th...
Thu. Sep 18th 2014
Around 0930 this morning, Schuyler Fire and Schuyler Ambulance were dispatched to a one vehicle MVA with possible injury in the 200 block of Newport Road. Initial on-scene reports stated that both oc...
Wed. Sep 17th 2014
This afternoon around 1400hrs, Schuyler Fire and Schuyler Ambulance were dispatched to an MVA involving a motorcycle in the area of 1300 State Route 5 (Herkimer Road). Initial reports from dispatcher...
News Headlines
Mon. Jul 29th 2019
SVFC took 1st place for best appearing squad at NHFD Fire Truck Spectacular
Mon. Jul 14th 2014
Best appearing Appearing Ambulance
Mon. Mar 31st 2014
Attention officers:Website email addresses have been set up for each office.Please see Captain Edward LeFever for your log in credentials.Thank YouAny other member wishing to have an email address on ...
Sat. Dec 15th 2012
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The annual Department Christmas party raises over $600 for charity.
The SVFC annual Christmas party raised over $600 for charity during our Christmas auction hosted by Mike Knapp. All gifts auctioned...
News
Safety Ropes
Fri. Feb 19th 2010
The New York State Labor Department has begun to cite Fire Departments in New York State for violations of a recently enacted statute requiring that proper procedures be in place to prepare for the purchase of bail out and evacuation equipment for interior firefighters.
 
The statute required a Risk Assessment be accomplished by March 27, equipment be purchased by April 20 and training on the use of such equipment be commenced by June 27 of this year. Fire Departments and volunteer emergency response groups have sought clarity regarding the law and regulation without success. A lawsuit was initiated by major response groups to declare the law and regulation arbitrary and capricious.
 
While for some departments bail out ropes are the clear choice for proper protection, other departments have limited multi story structures in their coverage area. This new statute makes no distinction between the requirements of sparse versus dense population, and effectively precludes many existing mutual aid agreements.
 
Litigation continues which would strike down the statute, but another remedy, supported by The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Fireman's Association of the State of New York and the Association of Fire Districts of New York State, is legislation sponsored by Senator Craig Johnson and Assemblyman Marc Alessi.
 
Senate Bill 6045 and Assembly Bill 9000 would add a new dimension to existing law allowing for the continued protection of firefighters trapped above grade while allowing Departments to use a variety of solutions to adapt their specific needs to a panoply of equipment choices, training, and response tactics including but not limited to bail out ropes.
 
FASNY is asking our members to communicate with their legislators expressing their support and to urge swift passage. This legislation dose not remove the old requirements, but would mitigate them, and create a period whereby a new assessment could include existing and new solutions to firefighter safety above grade.
 
Swift passage of this statute is necessary to protect those that have been cited. Labor Department officials are required to enforce the statute but are unable to interpret the law when specific situations dictate a consideration of coverage diversity.
 

You can help us by clicking on the Take Action! link at the top of this message to contact your state legislators and urge them to support the passage of these bills.

 
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